University of Hertfordshire

Professor Daniele Moyal-Sharrock Professor of Philosophy


Daniele Moyal-Sharrock

Professor Daniele Moyal-Sharrock Professor of Philosophy


Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Danièle Moyal-Sharrock joined the Philosophy Department at the University of Hertfordshire in 2007. Much of her philosophical career has been devoted to elucidating the importance of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy for understanding the nature of knowledge, belief, doubt, memory, mind, language, and action. She has done this through her numerous publications, talks, conferences and through her creation of the British Wittgenstein Society (BWS), of which she is founding President. The BWS was sponsored by Shell and by the Stanhill Foundation. It celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017.

Moyal-Sharrock is especially known for her work on what she calls ‘the Third Wittgenstein’: Wittgenstein’s late writings on epistemology and philosophy of psychology; particularly, his third masterpiece, On Certainty. Her monograph, Understanding Wittgenstein’s On Certainty (2007) is hailed as ‘a profound and illuminating study of Wittgenstein’s final work … establishing Moyal-Sharrock as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the later philosophy of Wittgenstein’ (Avrum Stroll, UCSD). Along with her numerous published articles and invited chapters, her edited collections (The Third Wittgenstein, Perspicuous Presentations: Essays on Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Psychology and Readings of Wittgenstein’s On Certainty; Hinge Epistemology) have contributed to Wittgenstein’s growing impact on philosophy and on disciplines outside philosophy, such as psychology, sociology, primatology, the sciences of education and the cognitive sciences. Moyal-Sharrock’s interest and publications extend to the philosophy of literature and aesthetics. Underlying all her work is the conviction that many philosophical problems stem from the inflated role allotted to the propositional at the expense, mostly, of non-reflective action.

She is currently preparing a volume of essays entitled Wittgenstein in Action: epistemology, psychology, anthropology.

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